The Pomegranate Prize

Five promising Jewish educators are the recipients of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize for their exceptionalism as emerging professionals in Jewish educational settings across North America. This Prize provides the means for these already remarkable educators to further develop their skills and interests, and have the chance to get to know others who, like themselves, are bringing fresh new ideas and abundant energy to the field of Jewish education.

2017

Aliza Goodman, Director of Professional Development at The iCenter in Chicago, IL, Rabbi Alissa Forrest Miller, Associate Rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California, Rabbi Lev Meirowitz Nelson, Director of Education at T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights in New York, NY, Yoni Stadlin, Founding Director of Eden Village Camp in Putnam Valley, New York, Jane Tuv, Director of Programs for Russian-speaking Children and Families at JCC Manhattan’s Generation R Department in New York, NY.

2016

Rabbi Adam Greenwald, Director of the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA; Rachel Harari, Department Chair and Teacher of English Language Arts at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY, Alex Jakubowski, founder and Executive Director of KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad in Chicago, IL, Leah Kahn, the Rabbi Martin Ballonoff Memorial Senior Jewish Educator at Berkeley Hillel in Berkeley, CA, Greg Kellner, Director of the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA.

2015

Erica Belkin Allen, Assistant Director of Congregational Education at Chizuk Amuno Congregation in Baltimore; Debbie Yunker Kail, Executive Director of Hillel at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ; Rabbi Jason Rubenstein, Dean of Students at Yeshivat Hadar in New York; Rabbi Devin Maimon Villarreal, Jewish Studies Department Chair and a teacher at deToledo High School in West Hills, CA; and Lea Winkler, general studies teacher and STEM Coordinator at Cohen Hillel Academy in Marblehead, MA.

2014

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Founder and Director of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness in Chicago, and Program Director for the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York; Rabbi Michael Bitton, Director of Educational Technology and Judaic Studies teacher at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, NY; Talya S. Gillman, a Jewish educator and social justice advocate pursuing her M.A. in Transformational Leadership in Seattle; Oren J. Massey, Executive Director of Edah in Berkeley, CA; and Rabbi Yigal Sklarin, a Talmud and Jewish History educator at The Ramaz Upper School in New York.

2013

Risa Alyson Cooper, Executive Director of Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs in Toronto*; Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Founder of Mishkan Chicago*; Rabbi Yechiel Hoffman, Director of Youth Learning and Engagement at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles*; Rabbi Todd Markley, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA*; and Yonatan Rosner, a Judaic Studies teacher and Director of the T’fillah Kehillah Institute at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills, CA*.

2012

Maya Bernstein, Strategic Design Officer at UpStart Bay Area in San Francisco*; Rabbi Eliav Bock, Founding Director of Ramah Outdoor Adventure at Ramah in the Rockies in Denver*; Rabbi Nicole Greninger, Director of Education at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA*; Rabbi Barry Kislowicz, Head of School at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, OH*; and Sarah Lefton, Founding Executive Director of G-dcast in San Francisco, CA*.

2011

Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School at Gann Academy – The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston*; Robert Beiser, Campus/JConnect Repair the World Director at Hillel at the University of Washington in Seattle*; Anna Hartman, Director of Early Childhood Education at Greenfield Hebrew Academy in Atlanta*; Gilah Kletenik, Congregational Scholar at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York*; and, Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein, Associate Rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, NY*.

*Professional titles listed are those that were current at the time of prize announcement.